Talk about Indonesian cuisine and our perception may be family-styled dining with nasi goreng, ayam penyet, sate and curries. Definitely not associated with the words “class”, “fine” and “chic”.
The Moluccas Room will probably change this opinion, with its location at Marina Bay Sands, in addition to a fine-dining concept with French cooking techniques. The word “Moluccas” or Maluka represent the Spice Islands in Indonesia.
This new restaurant is probably the first to redefine Indonesian cuisine, and a huge part of that influence comes from its Executive Chef Alicia Tivey – mixed parentage, Indonesian born, French taught and Australian trained.
It is not too exaggerating to say The Moluccas Room is a class of its own. The presentation of the Sate Ayam Madura ($22 for 5 skewers) was already impressive. Each stick came with a specially paired sauce to ensure that the charcoal grilled meat blended perfectly with the sauce.
Even the Soto Ayam Lamongan ($15) was presented differently. This signature chicken soup first came with marinated chicken shreds, subsequently with the waiter pouring warm aromatic soup into the bowl. I must say I am not used to drinking the Soto soup so delicately.
The most memorable dish for me has to be the Angus Steak Rendang ($35) where the grilled tenderloin was slathered with a light-orangey Javanese style (hear it) rendang sauce. I never had my steak this way. Beyond the juiciness of the steak, the sauce was inexplicable but strangely enjoyable.
While relaxing by the Marina Bayfront promenade and people-watching joggers on a hot afternoon, you may want to round up the wonderful dining experience with a bizarre tasting Sri Kaya Crème Brulee ($17) where the familiar custard dessert is flavored with pandan and gula melaka. Rather than call The Moluccas Room an Indonesian fine dining restaurant, I prefer to say that this is one fine dining place done Indonesian style.
The Moluccas Room
2 Bayfront Avenue, #01-81 The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands, Tel: +65 6688 7367
Opening Hours: 11.30am–3pm, 6.30pm–10pm Daily